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Nakagawa eyes passage of IT law in fall Diet session.

TOKYO, Aug. 23 Kyodo

The government expects to pass three bills related to information technology (IT) promotion this autumn, Chief Cabinet Secretary Hidenao Nakagawa said Wednesday.

Nakagawa said in a speech in Tokyo that the government of Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori wants the three bills, including a projected basic law on IT, passed during the extraordinary session of the Diet to be convened in mid-September.

The government plans to submit several more IT-related bills to a regular Diet session to be convened next January, the top government spokesman said.

On a frozen special loan package of 17.2 billion yen for China, Nakagawa said the matter will be dealt with during Chinese Premier Zhu Rongji's visit to Japan in October.

The ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), of which Mori is president, earlier decided to withhold approval of the special loan package to protest an increase in Chinese maritime research activities and naval operations in what Japan considers its exclusive economic waters.

Nakagawa also said in his address that China is aware of the growing demands in Japan for a review of Japan's overseas development assistance to Beijing.

The spokesman said Russian President Vladimir Putin's Sept. 3-5 visit to Japan will not be the last chance for both countries to try to conclude a bilateral peace treaty. He added that efforts to achieve the objective will be made until the very end of this year.
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Date:Aug 28, 2000
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